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- the Quaddafi (Gaddafi? His name has as many different spellings as Dr. Richard Hoffmann!) situation in Libya; the man who feared Bush now mocks the international community with the atrocities his regime is committing to stay in power; the villain who briefly became a “Face” post-9/11 has now turned “Heel” again
- Vahl’s support for the Wisconsin Unions protesting their Republican Tea Party Governor. Anyone who has lived in a “right-to-work” state like Florida knows how workers are treated when there is no union to bargain collectively with management. If you want to see third world-style sweatshops in America, or legalized slavery in the tomato fields, come to sunny Florida! You won’t be disappointed!
Back in 2002, there was a tie during the All-Star game. Damian said the following about it:
There should be no controversy surrounding the 2002 All-Star Game ending in an 11-inning tie. The television, radio, newspapers, and Internet media outlets are blowing this ending out of proportion. It was only a day before the “mid-summer classic” that sportswriters and radio show hosts were complaining about how boring the All-Star Game has become in recent years, since it is not a “competition” anymore. Now, they are complaining because the exhibition game was shortened.
The Collector, frequent contributor to the DailySkew, pitched the following idea at the time:
1. The All-Star game decides home field. This would certainly make the mid-summer classic more exciting. No more ties. The All-Star game would return to days where the players really wanted their league to win — after all, the loser gives up home field for their league in the World Series. Since majority of players will come from playoff contenders, both teams will be eager to win. Teams will reserve their top pitchers for the All-Star game. The All-Star game would be the season’s first game with playoff implications, which would set the tone for an exciting playoff race.
Having read this pitch seven years after the fact, I find I still agree with the sentiment.
Oh, sure — the folks at LaMESiN get a kick out of bashing Bud Selig and the format. “Let the team with the best record get the home field!” They scream.
Yeah, great. Let’s make the unique sport of baseball like all the other sports. Let’s lower the value of theAll-Star game on purpose after it has been raised to the height, thanks to Bud acting on the Collector’s suggestion.
Someone once said, “Any publicity is good publicity.” To me, the controversy is GOOD FOR BASEBALL. It attracts attention. What. We have to make everything congenial and FAIR for the LaMESiN talking heads? Fairness is great and SLIGHTLY BORING. Meanwhile, the football jocks who pose as reporters will talk about how baseball might be America’s past-time, but football is America’s PASSION. Yeah, let’s take the suggestions of reporters who did not play the sport and have their own biased agenda.
If anything, I think baseball would do well to borrow a successful idea from the NFL — introduce neutral field games to the World Series.
The Collector, back in 2002, suggested that the last three games of a best-of-seven World Series should be played on a neutral field. I would modify that suggestion now and state that the first two games should be played on a Neutral field, and the last five games should be split based on the league that wins the All-Stargame.
To quote from the Collector about the merits of playing neutral field games in the World Series:
This idea has the potential of creating a Superbowl-like atmosphere. A third city would be included
in the World Series concession profits. Television could guarantee an East Coast game
even if both teams are from the West Coast. This particular proposal seeks to make the World Series an event again — something that every
fan would watch, even if their team is not involved. Something that the casual observer would
tune into, even if they don’t watch baseball during the year.
If the teams are concerned about losing revenue because of those first two neutral site games, then I say bring back the best-of-NINE World Series format — you’d still have the potential of seven games.
I hope Bud and his buds will read the suggestion for two neutral site games during the World Series and act on it, just as he did with the Collector’s All-Star game suggestion in 2002.
I was watching the movie “When Harry Met Sally” the other day, and I was struck by a notion: the women I have dated over the years remind me of Harry. I relate more to Sally, except for all that neatness stuff.
Let me explain: women I’ve encountered sleep around and then dump men out of turn, whereas I and other males I know only sleep with someone if we’re in love with that person. What a shocking concept.
I could never reject women the way Harry did — it is so heartless. Women I know, however, do this without batting an eyelash.
This leads to a question: did the movie change the game for men? Or were women already acting out the Harry role? I suspect the latter.
You see, everyone thinks the guy is the strong, insensitive type, and the woman is a weak, tender flower. What a load of crap — guys are weaker emotionally. They easily fall victim to women — who have much stronger and developed emotional muscles. And in an elitist culture where physical attributes have little more than aesthetic usefulness, isn’t emotional and mental toughness what really matters?
I heard an author explain it this way: where boys grow up interacting on a physical level (playing games, athletics), girls grow up interacting on an emotional level (making and ending friendships, shutting people out of the clique for no apparent reason).
The only time the truth is revealed about Harry is when he runs into his ex-wife at the store. He was done after that scene. Otherwise, he was playing the female, even humorously seducing Sally at the end (Yes, women are definitely good at chasing men, and not vice versa).
Sally is playing the guy role terms of her emotional state.
Anyway, maybe in a generation or two we can all drop the nonsensical games and be real with each other.
Maybe that will happen. Right after a man takes on piss on Jupiter. Or a woman squats on Pluto. Whatever.
Men in America are like the crumbling British Empire. Equality? Yeah, right. Women aren’t playing for a tie. They play to win, while we just kiss our sisters.
On today’s final Dailyskew Mobile Podcast of 2010, Tony Vahl discusses:
- how photos of Spinvox “Sweatshops” in India look strangely similar to places Vahl has worked, like Metrocall and Tashman
- how Brazilian President Lula offered a stipend to encourage families to send their kids to school, which has helped increase literacy in the largest country in South America
- how easy it is to have a distorted perception of the world
And now, some Dailyskew New Year’s resolutions:
- finish the Ozone Park music CD project
- finish ROJ 2 and Steinbrenner Dream Seeker books
We’ll see if those things get done in 2011 or not!
Have a happy New Year!
Well, there were a lot of, ahem, deserving nominees this year for the 2010 Yeti Award. As always, the final decision was difficult. Let’s go over three nominees (including one anti-Yeti) before announcing our winner:
- Julian Assange
Well, Damian and I agree that he actually deserves an Anti-Yeti award. As Damian put it, “Julian should get an Anti-Yeti for breaking labels and being neither good nor evil.”
So congratulations to Julian Assange, and thanks for keeping the ski slopes safe!
The FCC: we protect the people ... who own Cable Companies.
Well, the fine commissioners at the FCC made a strong bid for winning this year’s 2010 Yeti Award with their late entry, where fixed-line ISPs will end up charging “We the people” more for video content, while allowing mobile carriers to continue charging Smartphone users a ton of money while providing spotty service at best.
As Damian put it, “Increasing rates will keep the poor poor and the middle class struggling … all part of the plan.”
Unfortunately, their submission was a little late for us to get proper perspective on it. Hey, better luck next year, commissioners (not)!
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. The winner of the 2010 Yeti Award is:
Terry Jones getting the photo op of his DREAMS.
- Terry Jones
Here was Damian’s take: “From my personal standpoint, the Pastor Terry Jones Koran burning threat was one of the sickest things … that showed how horrible this world is. Pastor Terry Jones almost started WW0. The Ground Zero Mosque [story] led up to Jones. Shame on America for buying into the hate.”
Yep. Terry jones makes sense. He is symbolic of the poisonous hate and bigotry that exists against mainstream Muslims.
I’d like to add that Terry Jones is the perfect ICON for this 2010 reality we’ve been living in, where you can bring the world to the brink of WAR before apologizing, while reaping the benefits of all the MEDIA attention. It’s truly sick.
On a side-note, we at the DailySkew would like to award a Profiles in Obscurity Award to:
Why was Dilma Rousseff ignored by the U.S. Media?
- Dilma Rousseff
The U.S. media did not know what to make of her, so her election as the first female President of Brasil, the largest country in South America and one of the up-and-coming BRIC economies, was largely ignored Stateside. This is a real shame, because her election totally blows away all the political templates that are used here in the U.S.
Young Dilma Rousseff, leader of the Rebellion
The woman is a former Marxist Rebel (Brasil used to be under a military dictatorship) who survived being jailed and tortured, became an economist, leading politician, and eventually replaced the popular President Lula (term limits) as the new President of Brasil. Her story is already the stuff of Hollywood movies and Andrew Lloyd Webber plays. We here at the DailySkew will keep an eye on her Presidency in the coming years. Congratulations to her on her election, and we hope the U.S. gets to know Dilma Rousseff better!
In the spirit of the “What I learned today” series of blog posts I did a million years ago, here’s my blow-by-blow description of the Bill Clinton Obama Presidential Press Conference from Friday:
- Obama cracks joke about a “Slow news day.” So, he knew he was churning the waters, creating a story for Drudgereport, Fox News, and the Right Wing
- Pitches how important the Bush Tax Cuts are for the Economy
- Introduces Bill Clinton
- Offers logical explanation for Clinton being there: the former President’s track record of presiding over the country during a time when the economy was booming
- Throws in that he has to attend “One more Christmas party.” Leaves it up to Bill Clinton to decide if he wants to take questions
- Clinton takes the podium and cracks a joke at the President’s expense
- 1st Topic: the Economy
- Clinton discloses he’s rich (NEWSFLASH); Obama smirked at this remark
- “Best bipartisanship agreement”
- Avoiding what happened in Japan
- Tax cut money will be spent; will boost economy
- Payroll tax cut the most effective for economic activity
- Tax cuts will lower the unemployment rate
- This will help America long-term with energy credits
- We need battery manufacturing
- Thanks Republicans; hopes Dems will support it
- Acknowledges partisanship is part of life
- “Significant net plus”
- Unemployment relief important, too
- Clinton wants the banks to lend to companies; believes companies will have incentives to apply for loans
- Clinton believes in progressive taxation for fairness and helping out Middle Class
- This is better agreement than if the Government waited until new Congress
- Obama chimes in, agreeing with what Clinton just said
- Clinton u-turns into the START Treaty; doesn’t take Obama’s hint to start winding down the press conference
- “Not a radical agreement”
- Boris Yeltsin mentioned!
- START Treaty failed back then because Russian Duma wouldn’t pass it
- Nonproliferation important
- Weapons expensive
- “Profoundly important”
- Reporter (Sounds like Jake Tapper) directs his question to CLINTON! Obama dissed by ABC News!
- At the end, Tapper starts to ask a 2nd question, possibly directed at the CURRENT PRESIDENT, and then gives up. Clinton seizes the moment. Obama probably jonesing for a cigarette now
- Republicans will be majority in January. Get those unemployment benefits extended now, before it’s too late
- Make Work Pay Tax Credit works
- Clinton went to Hong Kong, talked about payroll tax relief they did over there, as well as two months free rent for the people, and money for seniors
- Energy Tax Credits “made us competitive again”
- LED Lights and Wind Turbines in Nevada
- I guess Tapper’s follow-up was for CLINTON, after all.
- Clinton rule about keeping things private (unless Drudge reveals it)
- Obama steps forward to discuss advice Clinton gave him for dealing with Republican majority
- LaME! LaME! LaME! Obama completely evades the question, begs out of it by saying he’s got to go to a Christmas Party, that his wife is waiting for him
Clinton with Obama playing sidekick
- Obama totally taking the rest of the day off. Felt like Tashman when managers didn’t come back from lunch to go golfing
- Clinton looks at Gibbs and says, “Help me.” I think he takes pride in what he does, so he’s going to carry the rest of this Press Conference. If I know Obama, I know he did not discuss this turn of events with the former President
- Reporter asks tough question about loosening credit for capital
- Clinton doesn’t like Mortgage-backed securities
- 16 different incentives for small businesses to take loans
- Clinton blames community banks for not lending. Says they are uncertain
- Financial Reform bill bans future bailouts. Wow. That’s the first time I’ve heard that one.
- “100% information grinch.” Go “bank by bank by bank by bank” and tell them exactly what they need to do. Nice to see he still repeats words to emphasize his point.
- Banks may not know how the new Financial Reform laws actually work
- $2 Trillion in the banks = $20 Trillion in loans. The money is out there to end this mess
- For big companies: analyze any company with over $1 billion in assets and ask them what it will take to get them back in the investment business
Listening to Clinton’s clear vision and reassuring words, I’m wondering if Obama just wanted everyone to hear what he was hearing behind closed doors from the ex-prez. Eh. That’s probably giving him too much credit.
- Companies have huge cash balances and are not investing them here or abroad
Seventeenth and Eighteenth minute:
- Banks waiting for green light; want to understand regulations better before acting
- Clinton encourages reporter to bring bankers to his news show and “Help them work through this stuff”
- Reporter asks if Obama should be a one-term President
- Clinton “respectfully disagrees.” Believes Congress did a better job than American people believe
- “The United States has suffered a severe financial collapse. These things take longer to get over.” Somehow, hearing it from him is more reassuring. I know he’s an Enneagram Type 7, meaning he’s great with words and not so great with follow-through ,but hey! He’s not the President anymore, so it’s all words for him, and Obama has to deal with it. Please continue, Mr. Clinton
- Clinton complements reporter (female) for asking a good question
- We need private growth
- Need to achieve growth to trigger confidence
- Bob Ryan-esque reporter asks if Clinton made calls for Obama on extending the Bush tax cuts, and if 2010 election analogous to 1994 Republican landslide
- Reporters want to develop storyline. Clinton out of politics, but cares about country. Necessary for two parties to work together
- Can’t afford Government shutdowns now
- Got to pull together
- “Both sides are going to have to eat some things they don’t like.” Eat it and weep?
- Clinton did not make any calls for Obama. He’s been out of the country
- Clinton had a good time governing
Twenty-second through Twenty-fourth minute:
- Happy to be here. Believes President made a good decision and wants country to be well
- Haiti update:
– Clinton spoke with Prime Minister of Haiti
– PM is trying to keep calm
– Decision to review the vote in its entirety; asking for outside observers
– May move some meeting to Dominican Republic
– Donors need to stay committed to reconstruction process, whoever gets elected
– Calmer today
– Recount, in hopes for more support
– World Bank approved more funds for Haiti
- Reporter: will today’s appearance help sway votes
- Relates story about an FDR lecture from 1926, one he admits to telling Obama about (so much for keeping advice private)
- The dilemma of Progressive Movement in politics
- “Some of our best people lost”
- “This is the best economic result for America”
- “There is no way you can have compromise without having something in the bill that you don’t like.”
- “I don’t know if I can influence anything.”
- Reporter: something about short-term and long-term deficit
- When Clinton became President, the country had run up structural deficits for the first time in its history
- Had to pay too much for money
- Crowding out private sector from borrowing
- That sparked recession in early 1990′s
- This time there was a collapse in financial sector. Interest rates went to zero
- Biggest problem is deflation
- Clinton a depression-era kid (really?)
- Clinton doesn’t like deficits
- put the brakes on contracting economy, hold it together until growth resumes
- interest rates creeping up would be a good sign, an indication of competition for money
- aggressive action needed to eliminate structural deficits
- If USA was out of debt, more economic freedom and security
- Clinton calls last question (Thanks, Gibbs, for NOTHING)
- Reporter: Do Americans want President to compromise with opposing party?
- Yes, for both parties
- Hardcore Republicans think they gave away too much on the tax cut package
- Clinton thinks that’s healthy. “Everyone’s got to give a little”
- When you have divided government, “People no longer see principled compromise as weakness.” Boy, Clinton really sounds great today
- It is ethical to compromise
- “State of constant paralysis” with no compromise
- Fight the repeal of Health Care law. Suggests there are ways to improve Obamacare
- Fight student loan reform
- Fight for Financial reform
- The Economy first! Must crawl out of recession
- Tax cuts equals psychological relief for Americans and businesses
- Thank you and good night
He certainly made the case for adding a third term for Presidents today.
Obama was a total non-factor today. In wrestling parlance, he tagged out of the ring early on, and then went back stage halfway through the match.
The Yeti Award is given to the person or event that most closely represents the spirit of the Yeti from the classic Microsoft Ski game (coming soon to the iPhone! Talk about irony). We ask that you look at the list below and vote for who (or what) you think should be the 2010 Yeti in the Comments section.
The nominees for the 2010 Yeti Awards are as follows:
- TSA Body Scanner
- U.S. Financial Institutions (last year's winner)
- The Greek National Debt
- The Federal Reserve
– The Yuan Chinese Currency
- Tea Party Movement
- Lindsay Lohan
- Noah's Ark
- Chelsea Richards
- US Air Flight 808
- Right Wing Radio
– "Obama's Wars" book
- Cliff Lee
- Aubrey Huff
- Cody Ross
- Rick Sanchez
- Jon Stewart
- Bed Bugs
- BP Oil Spill
- Obesity in America
– Dr. Laura N-word controversy
- Unemployment Extensions
- Reddit asks for donations
- Andrew Garfield
- Craigslist phone verification
- World Cup Vuvuzelas
- Google background image
– Blogger FTP shutdown
- North Korea boat sinking
- Lawrence Taylor arrested
- Tiger Woods Nike Commercial
- Sandra Bullock facelift
- don't ask don't tell
– The Economy
- Christine O'Donnell
- Linda McMahon
- Slow Response to Haitian Earthquake
- Where is Dave Eiland?
- Baseball Stat Heads crown King Felix the 2010 Cy Young Award Winner
– AJ Burnett
- Nate Silver
- Javy Vasquez
- K-Rod arrested
- Johan Santana sex scandal
- Al Gore sex scandal
- Stephen Strasburg hype
- Ken Griffey Jr naps in the clubhouse
– Jim Joyce
- Randy Winn in left, not Johnny Damon
- "Ground Zero" Mosque controversy
- Jet Blue Flight Attendant
- Shirley Sherrod gets the Breitbart treatment
– "Cracker baby"
- Times Square bomber
- Erin Andrews stalker
- Arizona Immigration Law
- Child in Air Traffic Control Tower allowed to speak to pilot
- Toyota gas pedals
– Mark McGuire admits he did steroids
There are a lot of great nominees this year. The decision will be difficult. Please help us out by casting your vote in the Comments section today!
The above video was a debate on the topic, “Big Government is Stifling the American Spirit.”
This was a great debate, which included Art Laffer (of the Laffer Curve) and Nouriel Roubini on the same stage, as well as Phil Gramm answering for his “mental recession … America is a bunch of whiners” comment from the 2008 election cycle, and Laura Tyson, who served as an economic advisor to President Obama and President Clinton.
I just want to point out one thing that was brought up that I’m tired of: the whole notion that the 2000′s decade was an economic disaster. Excuse me, but I lived during that time? Up until 2006, even as late as 2007, people were having a good old time. Politicians were bragging about the economy. Heck, it wasn’t even a big issue during the 2004 Presidential Election. You can’t write off a whole decade because of a crash. What. Times weren’t good in 1928? They were!
On a side-note: I love how pundits on the left choose to say that Bush’s tax cuts failed because revenues are down. Hello? The economy went south after 2005, regardless of tax policy. I would argue it was the Fed’s policy of keeping interest rates low for an extended period after the 9/11 attacks that helped create the Housing Bubble, not tax rates on the top 1%
I will say, though, listening to IQ Radio yesterday out of San Francisco, I heard an economist suggest that high tax rates on the wealthy may be related to higher wages for the bottom 50% wage earners. He stated that from 1959 through 1980, when tax rates were high on the wealthy, that income for the lower wage earners doubled. He also stated that since then, increases for the lower wage earners have been flat, while wealthy folks, who benefited from reduced taxes, saw their earning rise exponentially. This suggests that wealthy folks are more likely to share their earnings when tax rates are high.
Of course, tax rates may have had nothing to do with this. It could be a mere coincidence. Just like the Bush tax rates being in effect when the economy took a tailspin.
In a related topic, let’s go over the proposed deficit cuts of $4 trillion dollars, as reported on cnnmoney [MY COMMENTS IN BRACKETS]:
Set targets for revenue and spending: The report recommends that taxes be capped at 21% of gross domestic product. It would also limit federal spending initially to 22% of the economy and eventually to 21%. [THIS IS A BRILLIANT IDEA. SPENDING CAPPED BASED ON PERCENTAGES. MAKES SENSE. WHEN WE THE PEOPLE ARE HURTING, THE GOVERNMENT MUST TIGHTEN IT'S BELT. WHEN TIMES ARE GOOD, GOVERNMENT CAN EXPAND. THAT IS FAIR.]
Rein in spending: The report proposes close to $200 billion in domestic and defense spending cuts in 2015. [WE ALL KNOW CUTS WILL HAVE TO HAPPEN. THIS IS REALITY. LET'S HOPE THE POLITICIANS HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO THIS. YEAH, RIGHT.]
Reform tax code: The report would lower income tax rates and simplify the tax code. It would abolish the Alternative Minimum Tax — the so-called wealth tax — and reduce tax breaks. [THIS MAKES SENSE.]
Change Social Security: The report aims to make Social Security solvent over 75 years through a number of measures, including smaller benefits for wealthier recipients, a less generous cost-of-living adjustment for benefits, and a very slow rise in the retirement age (from 67 to 68 by 2050; rising to 69 by 2075). It also would expand over 40 years the amount of workers’ income subject to the payroll tax. [THESE PROPOSALS ALL MAKE SENSE. I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY SOCIAL SECURITY WAS ONLY TAXED AT LIKE THE FIRST $95,000 OF GROSS INCOME. IT'S LIKE THE WEALTHY ARE EXEMPT FROM SUPPORTING THE LOWER CLASSES. ALSO, REDUCING BENEFITS FOR THOSE WHO ARE WEALTHIER, AND WHO PROBABLY SAVED FOR RETIREMENT, MAKES SENSE, AND IS IN KEEPING WITH ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO NEED THE HELP.]
Control health care costs: The report recommends capping growth in total federal health spending — everything from Medicare to health insurance subsidies — to the rate of economic growth plus 1%. [THIS WON'T FLY. YOU CAN'T MANDATE CAPS ON HEALTH CARE COSTS UNTIL MEDICAL HYPER-INFLATION, WHERE WE ALL SEE INCREASES OF ABOUT 10% ANNUALLY ON OUR PREMIUMS, ENDS. OBAMA-CARE DID NOT ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES, AND NEITHER DOES THIS PROPOSAL.]
We here at the DailySkew endorse setting targets for revenue and spending, reining in spending, simplifying the tax code, and changing social security. This will bring stability to the Government and give the pundits less to complain about. Who knows? Maybe some talk show hosts will lose their jobs if we solve some of these issues!
Since we here at the DailySkew have endorsed these ideas, based on our track record, we fully expect these proposals to be completely rejected. Also, we expect the healthcare idea to be implemented against our better judgment.
I dreamt I journeyed up to Minneapolis to visit G.A.V.. Apparently, I was scouting medical centers for my son, had been talking to G.A.V. on the phone, and hopped the next flight up there.
He showed me his apartment, gave me some kind of K’nex set, and then drove me to a local resort where his employer was having a conference. We talked for awhile before he went into his meeting, and he introduced me to some of his co-workers. Afterwards, I started planning the rest of my day (hospital, Mall of America) before waking up.